WE ADVANCE (a 501 (C) 3 and registered as Nap Vanse in Haiti, which means We Advance in Creole. It is a grassroots movement empowering Haitian women to collaborate toward making healthcare a priority, and putting an end to GBV within their communities. Starting with creating a small clinic in the worst part of the slums, We Advance has been working on women’s issues to provide urgent care and education to women victimized by the disaster and now general poor living conditions.
Empowerment is not something that is done to women. Rather, it is a participatory process that engages women in reflection, inquiry, and action. By sharing life stories and doing a basic analysis of common problems, such as domestic violence, unemployment or inadequate health services, women can gain a clearer understanding of power. They begin to question the world and their place in it, affirm their own sources of power, and discover how other forms of power affect their lives.